Indiana University Bloomington

Paul Newman

Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Linguistics and Adjunct Professor of Law

Maurer alumnus Paul Newman is internationally recognized as a major figure in African linguistics, and as the world’s preeminent authority on the Hausa language. Before coming to IU, he held academic positions at Yale University, Bayero University (Kano, Nigeria), and the University of Leiden (The Netherlands). Newman has published eighteen books and over a hundred articles, book reviews, and ethnomusicological recordings. He was the founding editor of the Journal of African Languages and Linguistics and a founding member of the International Language and Law Association. Newman is an attorney (member of the Indiana bar) and legal scholar, with special interests in constitutional law and copyright law. In the fall of 2010, he was honored with a Fulbright Specialists Award that enabled him to teach an intensive course on Freedom of Speech in the School of Law at the University of Haifa (Israel). Newman served for two years as senior copyright specialist for the library system at the University of Michigan. He has volunteered for a number of years as pro bono Special Counsel for the Linguistic Society of America; for this he was honored at the LSA annual meeting in January of 2012 with the Linguistic Service Award. Newman is a longtime member of the ACLU with a deep commitment to principles of civil liberties, non-discrimination, human rights, and social justice. He is currently Vice President for Litigation of the ACLU of Indiana.

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